http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Thompson_(attorney) Now this thread is for the general discussion on Jack Thompson (hereby abbreviated J.T.), and his arguments. Don't come in and say "OMG HE"S SUCH TEH DOUCHE BAG" This is for discussion. ---------------- As far as these forums go, most of us know J.T. for his fight against violent video games, and essentially blaming video games for many tragedies. He also, however, has fought against rap music, and media censorship (Howard Stern to be specific) ---------------- Most recently J.T. is going around blaming the recent tradgety of the V-tech shooting on video games [MEDIA]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weG7A4lTGtg[/MEDIA] ----------------------- Other Media: [MEDIA]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yREGBKZggwA[/MEDIA] J.T. On Attack Of The Show If anyone else had any more videos feel free to post. ------------------------ Now as far as I see it. J.T. is flat out wrong about video games. I woul't sugar coat it. The way I see it is that people are predisposed to violent acts. Some people have within them the genetics and the early developmental cognitive learning that predisposes them to be violent. Early psychological studies show how likely children at a very young age are likely to emulate observed activities. Albert Bandura in a 1963 study showed how an INFANT was likely to model an adults aggressive actions towards an inanimate object were emulated a majority of the time. But the thing is, this modeling and vicarious reinforcement was shown in INFANTS! By time you're old enough to even play video games, you've already learned most of your behavioral patterns. Like in the AOTS clip, Mark was talking about how parents should have to monitor what their children are consuming. And that's exactly it. How can you blame video games when there is a rating on them. If I had a child I wouldn't let them play violent games until they are old enough to understand and separate the difference between the real world and the diegesis created by the video game. But at the age of 23 ( the shooter at the Va-Tech shootings ) the shooter was beyond the point in his life and learning development that a video game would give him the idea to do such a terrible act. there, I said it. Feel free to debate, but for the sake of the integrity of this thread...please keep it smart, constructive conversation.